U.N. Considers Climate Change Peacekeepers
A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change.
Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence.
There has been talk, meanwhile, of a new environmental peacekeeping force – green helmets – which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, is expected to address the meeting on Wednesday.
But Germany, which called the meeting, has warned it is premature to expect the council to take the plunge into green peacemaking or even adopt climate change as one of its key areas of concern.
“It is too early to seriously think about council action on climate change. This is clearly not on the agenda,” Germany’s ambassador to the UN, Peter Wittig, wrote in the Huffington Post. ”A good first step would be to acknowledge the realities of climate change and its inherent implications to international peace and security,” he wrote. source- Guardian UK
Rules For Radicals
Barack Hussein Obama is about to do what no other president before him was able to pull off, and that’s the destruction of the entire American financial system. The amount of debt he has racked up is astounding, and it multiplies and advances by the minute.
We are in the 11th hour
As the stalemate over debt talks dragged on Wednesday, Congress and the White House may have passed the point of no return in avoiding a U.S. government debt downgrade.
If Uncle Sam loses his coveted AAA rating, the cost of borrowing goes up, the economy slows further and jobs get even tougher to find.
With hopes fading for a broad deficit-cutting package of spending cuts and tax increases, the White House Wednesday signaled that President Barack Obama could support a short-term extension of the U.S. borrowing limit as long as it was part of a broader long-term deficit reduction deal.
“We are in the 11th hour,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, repeating what Obama had said Tuesday. “We need to meet, talk, consult and narrow down in fairly short order what train we’re riding into the station.”
Carney also said the president would be willing to support a short-term extension as a stop-gap measure, but not without “an agreement on a larger deal.”
Though the Treasury has said it has enough cash until August 2 to keep paying the government’s bills, including interest payments on $14 trillion in debt, time is rapidly running out for a comprehensive deal. The most promising to date, proposed by the so-called “Gang of Six” senators, would involve painful cuts and controversial tax increases. source – MSNBC
The Mark of the Beast makes deeper inroads into everyday society
Conspiracy theory has gone mainstream, as evidenced by the following story from news authority Reuters. You may not realize it, but while you were sleeping, someone started to build the Mark of the Beast technology system, and maybe it’s time you woke up and took a look.
“(Reuters) – Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company’s already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a person or track criminal suspects.
The so-called “biometric” technology, which seems to take a page from TV shows like “MI-5″ or “CSI,” could improve speed and accuracy in some routine police work in the field. However, its use has set off alarms with some who are concerned about possible civil liberties and privacy issues.
The smartphone-based scanner, named Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, or MORIS, is made by BI2 Technologies in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and can be deployed by officers out on the beat or back at the station.
An iris scan, which detects unique patterns in a person’s eyes, can reduce to seconds the time it takes to identify a suspect in custody. This technique also is significantly more accurate than results from other fingerprinting technology long in use by police, BI2 says.
When attached to an iPhone, MORIS can photograph a person’s face and run the image through software that hunts for a match in a BI2-managed database of U.S. criminal records. Each unit costs about $3,000.
Some experts fret police may be randomly scanning the population, using potentially intrusive techniques to search for criminals, sex offenders, and illegal aliens, but the manufacturer says that would be a difficult task for officers to carry out. Sean Mullin, BI2′s CEO, says it is difficult, if not impossible, to covertly photograph someone and obtain a clear, usable image without that person knowing about it, because the MORIS should be used close up.” source – Reuters
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Meet the new boss
Egypt’s future will begin to take shape this fall when elections are held in the fall. An exact date for the elections has not yet been set by the military. But everyone expects that the voting will occur sometime before December.
Although secular, liberal forces took the lead in organizing the popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, it’s the Muslim Brotherhood that has emerged as Egypt’s most powerful political force.
The Muslim Brotherhood, it turns out, is really good at politics. And the liberal, secular parties aren’t so good at it. The contrast is captured neatly by Time magazine’s Bobby Ghosh:
The gap between the two sides was exposed in a mid-March referendum on constitutional reforms. The Brotherhood mobilized a massive “yes” vote to ensure that any meaningful reforms would take place after the parliamentary elections. The liberals were split, unsure as to which scenario they feared more: a constitution written by a military-appointed panel before the elections, or one written by a Brotherhood-dominated parliament afterward. It was a rout: 77% voted yes.
The gap has not closed. Since the referendum, many liberals have sought to undermine the result by trying to force through reforms before the elections. Their great champion, former U.N. nuclear watchdog (and Nobel laureate) Mohamed ElBaradei, argues that the constitution can’t wait for people’s elected representatives. The youth leaders agree and are threatening to return to Tahrir Square if they don’t get their way. They claim the referendum doesn’t matter because the Brotherhood misled Egyptians by portraying it as a vote on religion. (The Islamists deny this, and some neutral observers say both sides played fast and loose with the facts.)
This carping makes the liberals look like sore losers, and far from democratic. Critics accuse them of trying to buy time: a postponement in the elections would give liberals more time to get their political house in order and hopefully catch up with the Brotherhood’s organizational lead. Even Alaa al-Aswany, a novelist and strong Brotherhood critic, acknowledges that it ill behooves the liberals to attempt an end run around the referendum. “The people made a choice, and we have to respect it,” he says.
The Brotherhood, meanwhile, is sitting pretty. It has offered to form a broad coalition with liberals and leftists in the elections, and promises that there will be no attempt to hijack the constitutional reform process afterward. “The new constitution has to be written by all Egyptians,” says Essam Erian, a top Brotherhood leader. “No one group should have a louder voice than the others.” This makes the Islamists look responsible and conciliatory, and is likely to play well with voters. source – Business Insider
A fatal error
Would it surprise you to learn that the bible has already fully anticipated the “two-state solution”, and write about what the outcome of it will be in many places? We read this in the 3rd chapter of the book of the prophet Joel -
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3
See what that says? It starts out by talking about the time when Israel would be brought back into their land, and that was fulfilled officially on May 15, 1948. And then it goes on to say that sometime after that event, there would be a concerted effort by outside forces to “part” the land of Israel, leading to a major, nasty war. So while the palestinians and the world go madly on talking about a “two-state solution”, God fully plans in implementing His “one-state solution”. And brother, it’s gonna be a doozy!
The road to September
Palestinians are waiting for confirmation from the United States whether it will use its veto power at the United Nations Security Council this September when the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to request recognition for an independent state, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. PA President Mahmoud Abbas, currently in Norway, said that Palestinians would go to the UN General Assembly if any Security Council member vetoes the state bid.
Abbas echoed statements made by PA negotiator Saeb Erekat earlier this week. “This is a legal, political and moral right,” Erekat said. “If the US uses the veto against our request, we will return to the UN with a request to upgrade the status of the Palestinian state to non-member.
Afterward, we will go back to the Security Council once and twice and three times to ask for full membership.”
Erekat said that Abbas, who is currently touring a number of EU countries, would ask Norway and Spain to recognize a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines. “President Abbas is determined to go to the UN,” said Erekat, who is accompanying Abbas. Abbas also plans to visit Turkey in the coming days, to attend a meeting of scores of PA ambassadors to discuss the PA’s diplomatic moves ahead of September, Erekat disclosed. source – JPost
Can’t touch this
Western capitals have reacted angrily to an announcement by Iran that it is installing more advanced centrifuges in a uranium enrichment plant with the aim of accelerating its nuclear programme.
“The installation of new centrifuges with better quality and speed is ongoing,” Ramin Mehmanparast, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters at his weekly press briefing.
“We have announced it and the agency [the International Atomic Energy Agency] has full supervision of them. They are fully aware that Iran’s peaceful nuclear activity continues to progress. This is another confirmation of the Islamic republic’s successful strides in its nuclear activities.”
However, France said Iran’s move – which Tehran claims could triple the rate at which it enriches uranium – confirmed suspicions that the Iranian nuclear programme had “no credible civilian application”. The French foreign ministry said: “Iran has just given in to another provocation by announcing the imminent installation of next generation centrifuges.
“This is a new violation of six security council resolutions and 10 resolutions by the council of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].”
The British Foreign Office said the announcement “further undermines Iran’s claim that its nuclear programme is designed for purely peaceful purposes, and demonstrates the urgency of increasing pressure on Iran … Iran must understand that we will not be distracted by events in the region and it should not doubt our resolve”. source – Guardian
Debt hope: Obama praises ‘Gang of Six’ plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and a startling number of Republican senators lauded a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan Tuesday that includes $1 trillion in higher taxes, raising hopes of a last-minute compromise to repair the nation’s finances while averting a government default. Wall Street saluted as well.
Obama said he hoped congressional leaders would “start talking turkey” as soon as Wednesday along the lines of the Senate “Gang of Six” proposal, which quickly overshadowed a no-tax-increase alternative that conservatives spent Tuesday pushing toward an evening vote in the House.
At the White House, the president warned that financial markets could soon begin to post worrisome losses unless gridlock is broken and the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit raised. But stocks soared for the day, propelled by the deficit plan’s emergence and Obama’s decision to seize on it as well as by strong earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrials rose 202 points, the biggest one-day leap this year.
In the House, the focus was on spending cuts.
“Our bloated and obese federal budget needs a healthy and balanced diet, one that trims the fat of overspending and grows the muscle of our nation’s economy,” said Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, one of the 87 first-term House Republicans determined to reduce the size of government.
Democrats said the measure, with its combination of cuts and spending limits, would inflict damage on millions who rely on Social Security, Medicare and other programs. “The Republicans are trying to repeal the second half of the 20th century,” said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Michigan.
Obama has threatened to veto the bill, which would raise the debt limit in exchange for what supporters said was an estimated $6 trillion in spending cuts and congressional approval of a constitutional balanced budget amendment for ratification by the states. source – Yahoo News